Wingspan (Hits & History)

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Although sometimes given the short shrift by Beatlemaniacs and classic-rock purists, Paul McCartney's "other" band crafted some of the most memorable hard-driving pop of the 1970s and '80s -- a point that's made emphatically clear on this wide-ranging, 40-track collection. While many of the songs on the digitally remastered Wingspan are well known to anyone who turned on a car radio in the past 25 years -- from the rough-'n'-ready rockin' of "Band on the Run" and "Junior's Farm" to the suave and sinister "Live and Let Die" to the moving strains of the majestic "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "My Love" -- this two-CD collection's real treasures are those brought in from the ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Although sometimes given the short shrift by Beatlemaniacs and classic-rock purists, Paul McCartney's "other" band crafted some of the most memorable hard-driving pop of the 1970s and '80s -- a point that's made emphatically clear on this wide-ranging, 40-track collection. While many of the songs on the digitally remastered Wingspan are well known to anyone who turned on a car radio in the past 25 years -- from the rough-'n'-ready rockin' of "Band on the Run" and "Junior's Farm" to the suave and sinister "Live and Let Die" to the moving strains of the majestic "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "My Love" -- this two-CD collection's real treasures are those brought in from the margins. Songs like "Mull of Kintyre" never a Stateside hit, although it still ranks among the biggest-selling singles in British chart history and the pastoral "Waterfalls" emphasize McCartney's unparalleled songwriting skills, while the then-controversial "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" showed he was every bit as fluent in political commentary as any of his peers. Still, Sir Paul and his Wings were at their best when simply kicking back in party mode, as evidenced by a passel of good-natured rave-ups like "Hi, Hi, Hi" and a previously unreleased, Wild Life-era medley of "Bip Bop/Hey Diddle/I Am Your Singer" that, while not essential, earns plenty of points for charm alone. Wingspan is available in a regular and a limited edition, both of which include a 24-page, five-color annotated booklet featuring rare photographs of the various Wings lineups, liner notes by Beatle-ologist Mark Lewisohn, and a personal introduction by McCartney. The lavish limited edition is housed in a stamped, clothbound book rather than a slimline jewel case, and the booklet features a holographic cover. It's an elegant package -- a more than fitting tribute to the greatest popsmith of the 20th century.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Paul McCartney always got the short end of the stick when he was in the Beatles and again in the '70s, as he and his erstwhile partner John Lennon pursued solo careers. McCartney was attacked for his virtues -- for his melodicism and his domesticity, along with his desire to form a real touring band following the Beatles. None of these were celebrated at the time, but he moved many, many records and sold countless concert tickets, which only hardened opposition toward him. But, in retrospect, McCartney's albums make for the most fascinating body of work among any of the ex-Beatles, and really among any of his peers. Yes, there were pitfalls among the heights, but that's part of what makes his career so fascinating -- each record is distinctive, and even if the songs themselves are shallow, at least lyrically, the melodic skill and studio savvy behind each are hard not to admire. This may require a bit of conversion, and if you're not up to trudging through his individual works, even such masterworks as Ram truly the roots of homemade pop, the double-disc set Wingspan is ideal. McCartney has had a number of career overviews before, including such seemingly comprehensive discs as All the Best, but those were plagued by vaguely haphazard sequencing. This is nearly perfectly executed, dividing McCartney's career between the "hits" and "history," with the latter being devoted to album tracks that are acknowledged classics, yet never were singles. Now, it's true that this isn't completely comprehensive -- some will notice that superstar duets with Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson are missing, and others will wonder where such terrific latter-day singles as "Press" are or why such charting hits as "So Bad" are bypassed, or why album tracks like "Ballroom Dancing" are absent -- but nothing has come as close to capturing the quirky brilliance of McCartney's solo career, how it balanced whimsical pop with unabashedly sentimental romantic ballads, piledriving rockers, and anything in between. And what makes Wingspan so impressive is how the "History" disc fills in the gaps that "Hits" leaves, whether it's on the tremendous "Maybe I'm Amazed" one of the very best songs he ever wrote, the charming "Junk," the clever "Take It Away," or such absolutely stunning miniatures as "Heart of the Country," an effortless folk-pop tune that ranks among his very best songs. That's why Wingspan isn't just a good hits collection -- it's a convincing argument that McCartney's solo recordings are a rich, idiosyncratic body of work of their own merits. Ram, Red Rose Speedway, and London Town all have their merits, but if you need to be converted, this is where to start.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2001
  • Label: Emi Import
  • UPC: 724353287627
  • Catalog Number: 532876

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Listen to What the Man Said - Wings (3:57)
  2. 2 Band on the Run (5:13)
  3. 3 Another Day (3:43)
  4. 4 Live and Let Die - Wings (3:12)
  5. 5 Jet (4:08)
  6. 6 My Love (4:08)
  7. 7 Silly Love Songs - Wings (5:55)
  8. 8 Pipes of Peace (3:26)
  9. 9 C Moon - Wings (4:35)
  10. 10 Hi, Hi, Hi - Wings (3:09)
  11. 11 Let 'Em In - Wings (5:10)
  12. 12 Goodnight Tonight - Wings (4:21)
  13. 13 Junior's Farm (3:03)
  14. 14 Mull of Kintyre - Wings (4:45)
  15. 15 Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey - Linda McCartney (4:50)
  16. 16 With a Little Luck - Wings (3:13)
  17. 17 Coming Up (3:28)
  18. 18 No More Lonely Nights (4:47)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Let Me Roll It (4:51)
  2. 2 The Lovely Linda - Linda McCartney (0:45)
  3. 3 Daytime Nightime Suffering - Wings (3:23)
  4. 4 Maybe I'm Amazed - Linda McCartney (3:52)
  5. 5 Helen Wheels - Wings (3:46)
  6. 6 Bluebird {Band on the Run} - Wings (3:26)
  7. 7 Heart of the Country - Linda McCartney (2:24)
  8. 8 Every Night - Linda McCartney (2:34)
  9. 9 Take It Away (4:05)
  10. 10 Junk - Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney (1:57)
  11. 11 Man We Was Lonely - Linda McCartney (2:59)
  12. 12 Venus and Mars/Rock Show - Wings (3:46)
  13. 13 Back Seat of My Car - Linda McCartney (4:29)
  14. 14 Rockestra Theme - Wings (2:37)
  15. 15 Girlfriend - Wings (4:44)
  16. 16 Waterfalls/ (3:24)
  17. 17 Tomorrow - Wings (3:27)
  18. 18 Too Many People - Linda McCartney (4:12)
  19. 19 Call Me Back Again - Wings (4:59)
  20. 20 Tug of War (4:04)
  21. 21 Bip Bop/Hey Diddle - Linda McCartney (3:36)
  22. 22 No More Lonely Nights / (3:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul McCartney Primary Artist, Bass, Piano, Drums, Vocals, Harmony Vocals
Denny Laine Guitar, Vocals
Henry McCullough Guitar, Vocals
Joe English Drums, Vocals
Laurence Juber Guitar, Vocals
Geoff Britton Drums
Howie Casey Brass
Tony Dorsey Brass
Steve Holly Drums
Steve Howard Brass
Linda McCartney Keyboards, Vocals, Harmony Vocals
Denny Seiwell Drums
Jimmy McCulloch Guitar, Vocals
Dennis Selwell Drums
Technical Credits
Paul McCartney Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer
George Martin Producer
Mike Bobak Engineer
Tony Clark Engineer
Geoff Emerick Engineer, Remastering
Tim Geelan Engineer
Richard Lush Engineer
Linda McCartney Producer
Phil McDonald Engineer
Peter Mew Remastering
Alan O'Duffy Engineer
Bill Price Engineer
Ernie Winfrey Engineer
Eddie Klein Engineer
Mark Vigars Engineer
Alan Parsons Engineer
Mark Lewisohn Liner Notes, Sleeve Notes
Pete Henderson Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    excellent compilation

    Wingspan does a nice job at presenting an overview of Paul McCartney's post-Beatles musical legacy through the early eighties and at 40 songs, certainly provides a lot of bang for the buck. Disc one highlights the better known hits, while disc two incorporates more of Paul's superb album tracks such as Every Night, Bluebird, and Too Many People. The only thing that could have made this collection better would have been the addition of a third disc of unreleased gems like Waterspout, A Love For You, and Cage. Capitol includes a colorful booklet of photos featuring Wings through the years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definately Worthwhile

    Wingspan Hits and History is a must have for.... well, pretty much everyone! The first disc has all the great hits, and the second has a ton of other great, great songs. Of course, it's lacking in a few great Wings songs, but this cd pretty much has it all. I only am puzzeled by the order of the songs on Disc 1... it's kind of weird. In short, get this if you like any Wings song at all, you'll love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'm amazed at 'Wingspan' ... maybe!

    'Wingspan: H&H' is one of those great ideas for a collection of past songs - one disc of popular hits, one of 'ones that almost got away' (misses, album tracks, personal favorites). It's a marked improvement over either 'Wings Greatest' (unless all you want is 1971 - 1978 McCartney) and 'All the Best' (unless all you want is a single disc set), certainly the sound has been improved over previous releases. The big issue I have with 'Wingspan: H&H' is the exclusion of the 'Wings Over America' version of "Maybe I'm Amazed" (still yet to appear on a McCartney hits collection - since it was a hit single from WOA and not when it first came out in 1970 on 'McCartney', why does McCartney continually ignore the live version I wonder?). That, plus the song "C Moon"; when was the b-side of "Hi Hi Hi" a hit anywhere? (Truth be told, if he had to include a single b-side, I wish it was "Girls School" which came as the flip to "Mull of Kintyre") ... Besides these little quibbles, I recommend 'Wingspan' for anyone who wants a little more than just Paul McCartney's hits, but not necessarily any of his albums (except for maybe 'Band on the Run')

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice Collection - But could have had better sound

    There are many PM songs I like and a number that I dread and so I bought this with mixed feelings. What has really surprised me the most is the rather poor sound quality of many of the early songs. Listening through my headphones there seems to be a lot of hiss for a cd collection of this sort. Just to compare I pulled out the remastered cd of ''Odds & Sods'' by The Who. The songs of the same age sound a lot better than those on Wingspan. Too bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For beginners or avid fans alike.

    Contrary to one review, it does include a song from ''Back to the Egg'' Anyone who wants the best hits without buying all his albums (which would be better) than get this collection. Avid fans will get all the hits in one set, beginners will get a taste of his musical genius. I recommend building the collection album by album and collecting rare songs because alot of his best music lies outside the mainstream hit arena. But for pure uninterrupted enjoyment of the artist, Wingspan does its job.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    As A Teacher, I Grade This ''B+''

    It's not really Wings, it's actually ''Paul McCartney & Wings: Group & Solo Hits'' minus any duets. It has all the songs from ''Wings Greatest'' and most from ''All The Best'' ... (although where is the rarity Girlschool or perhaps London Town?) So I give it a B+ because it could've been better, and it's too similar to his other aforementioned compilations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The X-Beatle Is Back

    I love Paul McCartney.Both on the Beatles and Wingspan.From Yesterday to Band on the Run I love him. I and many others out there think he is a legend rockstar and more. So if you are reading this now you must leave but don't forget to shut down your computer and get your butt to the store and buy his CD now!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Right up there with MacArthur!

    Although it contains nothing from ''Back to the Egg'', I still give this one five stars...because nobody does it better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD!

    As long as they were including non-Wings, Paul-solo tracks, I am offended by the omission of Wanderlust and Only Love Remains...but they did include Take it Away, possibly Paul McCartney's most underrated song, so I forgive them. This is a good compilation, fun to listen to - I've had Listen to What the Man Said going through my head on continuous loop for days now - I recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    almost perfect

    This double cd collection by the former Beatle is an excellent addition to any fans music library. It contains all macca's greatest hits with wings and solo, plus a cd of album gems.(I often enjoyed these tracks better than the hits) Kudos for the inclusion of DAYTIME NIGHTIME SUFFERING and TOMORROW.What stops this one from being perfect for me is one, do we really need two versions of NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS (ugh!)and the exclusion of some of my all time faves like WANDERLUST, BALLROOM DANCING, GETTING CLOSER, DEAR BOY, and MONKBERRY MOON DELIGHT. Still a great set by a great artist and heads above his all the best and wings greatest hits collection.

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